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Abraham Believed - That is His Faith - Not His Religion - Not Any Other Religion

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Mar 25, 2008 at 18:27

The problem with generalizations being used for an argument, whether scientific or not, is that certain activities of a religious sort are associated with actions artificially justified by some excerpt of a tenet of the supposedly offending belief system. To associate the wholesale slaughter of populations with a religious decree or religious expression requires understanding of the circumstances of the event ( which is specific to each time it is recorded or supposed to have happened ), and that takes away the ability to generalize.

Biblically speaking, for the majority of Biblical antipathy on this subject is directed to actions accorded to faux Christians following Romanized Christianity, if one were to completely analyze what Jesus Christ said, true Christians are to be disciples of His love, and that killing in the name of Christianity is completely against everything Christ said and demonstrated. True belief and faith in Jesus Christ requires that all true Christians follow Christ's witness as examples of love and compassion to fellow human beings, that eternal life is promised to those who do follow His example.

To ascribe a Christian mantle to the activities of the Third Reich is an example of such false associations. Elsewhere, the usurping of the true Christian belief by the Romanization of Christianity, the battles of the crusades to establish a Christian center in Jerusalem, the inquisitions, etc., etc., all call into question the true intentions of those who participated in any atrocities under a supposed Christian banner. It is actually better to ascribe these religiously seditious activities to the Adversary, the mastermind of such things.

Conversely, we read and hear that a different ideology has such admonitions directly infused into the teachings, and that such teachings are expounded upon by the clerics, that unbelief in that teaching is cause for extreme repercussions. This has been going on since before the crusades and continues today. In other ideologies, bloodshed has taken place, from minor skirmishes, to wholesale exterminations, all in the name of their religions. All of this is being done against the admonitions of Jesus Christ.

So it is imperative to ascribe truly where religious antipathies lie, not to make generalizations for the sake of attempting to cleanse one's conscience of unbelief. In that vein, there is only one Abrahamic faith, that ascribed to Abraham in his dedication to the Eternal Sovereign that visited him. That one might try to attach other belief systems such as Islam to Abraham requires a review of such an association for the value of its evidence, since Abraham was not an Arab, and neither was Ishmael for that matter.

Finally, the situation in the world today clearly demonstrates the full animosity that can be generated between and amongst the peoples of the world, and, once again, to use religious generalizations for justification of any actions are patently false. To say for example that a ‘Christian America' is fighting an ‘Islamic terrorist entity', whether state sponsored or not, is specifically misleading, since an evidence of a true Christian position would be specifically supportive of an intact Israel against all comers. We do not see that in the American State Department position today.

To highlight this circumstance, the Road Map to dismantle Israel for the sake of a peace process is completely contraindicative to a true Christian perspective on the situation. In that light, then, it is not hard to see why the battle rages on in the name of religion, for no one blinded by RELIGION (not those of true faith in the LORD) can see the futility of it, and no one will until it is all over. You have the Word of the LORD that He is going to complete His plan for Israel, as any who believe can plainly see the evidence, and He will see it to its end.
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